image courtesy of Hot Toys
As expensive as Batman’s kit is–and it’s very expensive–it doesn’t hold a candle to what it would cost to outfit yourself as Marvel’s Iron Man. For instance, just the Arc reactor alone would cost, according to those enterprising folk at Moneysupermarket.com, a cool $36 million.
And while that’s probably reasonable when you consider that it’s an inexhaustible energy source, your costs only begin there.
• Back and shoulder mounted ailerons: $2 million
• Wrist mounted anti-tank missle launchers (x2) – $3 million
• Shoulder mounted anti-personnel guns – $400,00 (a bargain)
Luckily Tony Stark, worth $9.4 billion according to Forbes, has more than enough resources to make such an investment. Bruce Wayne, by way of comparison, is worth $7 billion, though I suspect that is before events conclude in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
I was watching Netflix, when I saw one of the new additions was “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” a cartoon that’s, essentially, a twenty-three minute advert for Marvel Studios upcoming ‘Avengers’ movie this May.
The show is featured on Disney XD, which is owned by Disney (as is Marvel).
I didn’t expect all that much, but was pleasantly surprised to find it not only entertaining, but most importantly, well-drawn.
It has also introduced some Marvel characters that I have not seen in any movies–yet–like The Black Panther, The Wasp and Ant-Man. I knew that I was going to enjoy it when I noticed that one of the villains, The Leader, was voiced by none other than Jeffrey Combs and one of my favorite evil organizations, A.I.M or Advanced Idea Mechanics, playing a pivotal role in an episode.
Speaking of A.I.M, I am surprised that they have not appeared in an Iron Man feature because they would be prime candidates to use–or misuse–Tony Stark’s technology.
Edited 7/24 1729
Here’s a little something to tide you over till Monday.
The Black Widow, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Hawkeye, and Captain America make up The Avengers, and the introduction of what is known as The Marvel Cinematic Universe: An interconnected series of films–”Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor” and “Captain America”–that lead to the massive event that will be “The Avengers.”
Here’s some art, courtesy of Marvel.com, of the heavy hitters that will be gracing the silver screen in 2013.
I should mention that Nick Fury–seeing that he’s the head of S.H.I.E.L.D (Strategic Hazard Intervention Logistics Directorate)–is technically not an Avenger, though he did get the ball rolling, so to speak.
Comic book characters have been on television and in movies for many years, though the publishers of such characters have in the past been more numerous.
These days, most superhero films either come from either Marvel Studios (a division of Walt Disney, and based upon characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Thor, the Avengers, Iron Man, etc) or DC Comics (part of Warner Brothers, and the home of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Justice League, etc).
Comics character-based films from other companies exist, but tend not to have the influence or reach of those from ‘The Big Two,’ which is not to say that there haven’t been attempts by others entities to establish franchises based upon superheroes.
According to ComicBookMovie.com, the image above is The Eye of Agamatto. You may be wondering, “What the heck is The Eye of Agamatto”?